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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7945, 28 June 1889
The following letter has been received by the Executive from Mr Henry 0. Forbes, curator of the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch :
Sir, —Will you permit mo to draw your attention to whet might prove a moat interesting and attractive feature at the forthcoming Exhibition in Dunedin.
In the Indian and Colonial Exhibition, held in London, Mr Francis Galton, F. 8.5., the president of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, instituted an Anthropometries! Bureau, in which visitors of both sexes, who chose, could be measured or tested as to their stature, cranial dimensions, chest capacity, quickness and power of sight, judgment »f length and distance, perception of color, and other important data, with all the accuracy possible by the most recent scientific apparatus. This bureau was one of the most popular courts during the Exhibition ; indeed, it was not equal to the demand. A nominal fee of a few pmee—2d or 3d—was charged to cover cost of printing cards, etc, with which every visitor to the bureau was supplied, containing the _ memoranda of the results of his examination. Each individual was requested to fill up a card os he entered, giving a few data, such as age, place of birth, nationality of parents, etc. Some ten or fifteen thousand persons were thus measured during the Exhibition, and the nsa'ts obtained were presented by Mr Galton to a meeting of the institute some time after the close of the Exhibition. These proved of the highest interest and unexpected value. Considering the wonderful success that has attended young New Zealanders, both academically and in the cricket and football fields, an Anthropometrical Bureau, in which (hose born n New Zealand (especially might be tested in large numbers for comparison with thioise of, equal age at Home, would, I am sure, bs eagerly
visited by a largo crowd. The results could not fail to be interesting and instructive. If I could be assured that the small space necessary for the purpose—alongisb narrow court, some 50ftby 20;t, perhaps less would be sufficient could be sot apn t, I would at once write to Mr Grlton for the loan of the necessary apparatus. As the subject is one in which I have taken a great interest for many years, 1 should bo most pleased to superintend its inauguration, and to instruct one or more assistants to carry on tho work of the court during the Exhibition. I would then collate tho results, and publish them for general information. They would interest not New Zealanders alone hut anthropologists in general. If you could let me know at your earliest convenience as to the probability of obtaining the space I have given above I should write by the outgoing mail so that tho appliances may ho here in time. I suppose one of tho shipping companies would bring out the small case free of chat go, if sent to the Agent-General for Now Zealand in London ? The Executive have decided to grant two bays, or an equivalent space for the purpose. The following tenders have been received for the erection of tho Fine Arts Gallery M'Millun and Moffat, L‘2,393 ; J. Morrison, L2,d77: J. Barton, L 2,520; C. and \V. Gore, L 2.357 ; D. Low, L 2.720 ; J. Milncs and Son, L 2,580 ; A. Bain, L 2,970 : J. Love, L 3.010. A well-attended meeting of the Workmans and Industrial Court Committee was held last evening, when the recommendation of the Executive to the effect that the foo for selling goods manufactured In tho Exhibition bo fixed at a minimum of LI per week was adopted. It was mentioned that several applications for space for manufacturing industries in the working section had been received, and that there was every probability of tho homo Industry section being well represented.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7945, 28 June 1889
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